7 Homemade Remedies for Hair Split Ends

by AyeDee on April 8, 2010 · 29 comments

split endsSplit ends is a common hair problem faced by many of us. Hair tends to spilt when the hair shaft loses its natural moisture. Following are the various reasons for hair split ends:

1. Hair styling tools like Blow dryers, Curling irons. Straightening irons operate at high temperature when used on the hair. This high temperature results in loss of moisture content in the hair. It is best to minimize the use of these tools. If used then at lower temperatures so as to minimize moisture loss.

2. Hair coloring products, and strong shampoos also result in hair moisture loss. No matter how herbal hair coloring products or shampoos are proclaimed to be, they still contain chemicals in some form or the other. The only natural hair coloring product known so far is henna – which again doesn’t suit everyone. All other colors obtained for hair color is due to some chemical composition. For shampoos, chemicals are added either to add fragrance or some smoothening agent to get rid of frizziness.

Since everyone has different hair types and a particular hair product reacts differently on different people you never know what is the problem causing ingredient in your hair color or shampoo which can result in moisture loss.

3. Pollution also results in moisture loss.

Split endsThough there is no cure for split ends apart from getting your hair trimmed at regular intervals there are many ways to prevent them.

As hair grows from the roots, we constantly give attention to the roots and the hair ends are left ignored. They require attention as well.

These are a few home-made remedies for spilt end prevention. These remedies will not get rid of already existing split ends but they will surely prevent hair from splitting.

I have tried all of these myself and they work great. The best thing I like about these remedies is that all the materials used are available in your home and they don’t take much time. Many of these remedies you might already have known or tried or read somewhere, since they worked for me, I might as well share them with you.

These are a few you would like to try out and find out which one suits you.

  1. Mix a small amount of castor oil/ olive oil / almond oil (whatever available) into the oil you regularly use (I use coconut oil). I generally add 2tbsps of castor oil to my coconut oil bottle (250 ml). If you wish to add all three of them you could do that as well. Mix equal proportions of these oils (1 teaspoon each) to the regular oil you use. Make sure you oil your hair-ends well. Generally hair ends that have split appear lightly colored than the rest of the hair. This mixture not only helps your hair grow but it prevents your hair ends from discoloring. Use this mixture to oil your hair atleast twice a week. Massage your hair & scalp with warm oil and wrap head with shower cap and leave for overnight or for 8-10 hours if you have time. Wash.
  2. Alternatively, take ½ cup oil in ½ cup boiling water in a bottle and close it tightly. Shake vigorously. Massage this mixture thoroughly into your hair from root to tip and cover with shower cap. Leave for ½ hour, then wash. Just be careful with your hands and head as the water is hot.
  3. Make a pack by beating 1 egg yolk in a mixture of 2 Tbsp olive oil and 1 tsp honey. Massage on hair in thoroughly and then wrap head with shower cap for half an hour. Wash.
  4. papaya-clean-split-endsA papaya pack is a great natural care of hair split ends. Take 2 big slices (2 small/medium slices) of ripe papaya. Remove the skin and the seeds of the ripe papaya and blend it in a blender. Add to it half a cup of yogurt and apply thoroughly to your scalp and hair. Wash after 30 minutes with warm water. If you don’t have papaya you can used a ripe banana instead.1 ripe banana would do.
  5. Grind 1Tbsp of methi (fenugreek) seeds with half a cup of urad dal to a coarse powder. Add half a cup of yogurt and mix well. Apply generously all over the scalp. Apply thoroughly to your scalp and hair. Wash after 2-3 hours with warm water.
  6. Take 4 cups warm water and add 1 tbsp of honey into it and mix well. After you are done with shampoo and conditioning and rinsing, apply this mixture all through your hair. Do not rinse again. This mixture not only makes your hair soft and gives a shine to them; it also retains the moisture content in your hair so that your hair does not look dry or frizzy. This is a home-made leave in serum/conditioner for your hair.
  7. You get many leave in creams/conditioners/serums in market these days like L’oreal Professional, Garnier, Pantene (though I haven’t tried any of these) which are quite pricey and moreover there is no surety whether that would work on the hair or not. But this one surely works and I don’t think there could be anything more economical than thisJ. I use this one regularly.

Always use lukewarm water to wash your hair. Do not use hot water. Hot water depletes the moisture content of the hair.

It is always better to keep the split ends trimmed; otherwise, they may split further up the hair.

I hope you find these remedies useful. If you have any other remedy that I have missed out please share them as well.

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Abha April 8, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Nice review yeah…

I think the tips are great and I’ll be looking forward to try them on this weekend for sure as most of the things are easily available at home.
And on that leave on conditioners, the Pantene leave on conditioner is damn good. I used it when I had t be out in the sun, in the desert and I used it on a regular basis for 22 days and where I didn’t have time to take care of my hair because of my work. It worked wonders for me. It used to protect my hair from the pollution and the desert. Everytime I washed my hair, it was easy to get rid of all the sand. :chic:

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Poornima April 8, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Nice tips and home remedies Anoma. :yes:

It was so nice and honest of you to write and recommend only what you have personally tried and tested. Thank you so much for that.

Very recently I came across instances, where some beauty bloggers were just writing down homemade beauty tips in their blogs. When I asked them if they tried any of these tips, the answer was a big NO. I felt very bad :reallyangry:

In fact I don’t have split ends **touch wood**, but I will recommend these tips to my friends/family.

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Vidhya April 8, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Great Tips Anoma. I follow few of your DIY tips regularly (twice in a week).It works very well on my hair too.

I used to mix castor/sesame/coconut oil and heat them for few seconds.I will apply the oil using the cotton..which gets absorbed in to the roots easily which is better than using hands.Got this tip from a beautician.

In the morning, I soak the towel in to the hotwater and squeeze the extra water and wrap it around the head.I will do this repetition for 2 -3 times. Finally leave it on head for 5 mins – this will make your hair to sustain the moistureness.

I don’t use any hair tools like dryers,ironers…etc… I travel a lot in bangalore…I never trim my hair too…I do only the above tips twice a week.It keeps me away from split ends :)

Anoma, hair serum tip is interesting.Im going to try this.I love to follow DIY tips for my skin and hair. My DIY hair serum is – rub 2 or 3 drops of “extra virgin olive oil” and apply it on the ends of hair.It keeps me away from frizziness.

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Anoma April 9, 2010 at 1:32 am

Hi Vidya,

Thanks for sharing the olive oil tip.
But wouldn’t olive oil on the tips make the ends look oily from the rest of the hair?
Do u apply it on wet or dry hair? and how much oil?

btw, which brand of olive oil do u use?

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Utsav jain April 8, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Hi there,

The proven method of getting rid of split ends is to snip them off..n then take measure o moisturise the hair
to prevent further damage..ever treid your normal face mosturiser to nourish ur hair.. :heh:

try it,, it really works… :blush:

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Mrunmayee April 8, 2010 at 1:31 pm

I have never had split ends.. But I am sure the remedies will help everybody.. With or without split ends… :-))

Great article, Anoma..
P.S. Your name is beautiful. What does it mean?

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ki. April 8, 2010 at 3:40 pm

I *touchwood* don’t have split ends. But this article is very very informative. :yes:

(what a cool smiley 8-) )

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jomol April 8, 2010 at 4:04 pm

I too loved this article Anoma, great one….nice, simple, and easy remedies, I also want to know what your name means ……… :-)

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dvja April 8, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Anoma dear,

very useful article…

to be honest, ur tips are very inspiring…but for some weird reason, i am too lazy to take care of my hair and feet ….my mom really pesters me to take gud care of my hair…if tat doesnt work, she really drags me and starts applying something on my head….

:yes: periodic hair cuts will definitely help from split ends…yes, styling tools and products do contribute to split ends…but we never stop using them…mom swears by fenugreek formula, but it stinks…YUCK…my granny prepares oil concoction, yes, it stinks as well :(

i never knew abt the papaya formula, thanks to u dear…

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Jane April 8, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Nice article ! I am always skeptical of using honey on my hair. From my childhood I have heard my mom and many elders say that honey makes your hair gray !!! I have never had the guts to try it on my hair even though so many recommend it.

Has honey worked for you ?

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smita April 8, 2010 at 8:57 pm

wow Amona! Hair serum idea seems great. I have to try this…I use castor and olive with coconut oil….

have tried banana too but it just got stuck to my hair and took 2-3 days to wash off completely :( but I would like to try the papaya one now..

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Anoma April 9, 2010 at 1:39 am

Anoma means “blossom” dunno in which language though :D

Hope you find these tips useful.

**touchwood** to those people who have not had problems with splitends..I envy them..lol :))

@Jane: Yes Honey has worked of me.Haven;t heard abt honey turning your hair gray.Hearing this for the first time.

@dvja: Yes i agree many of these home remedies stink a lot. But its worth the results u get after bearing with it for half an hour.

@ utsav: didn’t know abt face moisturiser, will try that out.Thanks for sharing the tip.

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Sunaina April 9, 2010 at 1:50 am

I’m facing this hair problem, I hate it! It’s because I always straighten my hair, I have to do it because I really don’t like my hair in her natural way. And I always use hot water, I’m always so cold! I know I should lower the temperature.. I’ll really do it now. I want to try your remedy number one but I normally don’t use any oil, would that matter? Can I just follow the ingredients even though I don’t use it normally? This is my ritual: washing with Biosilk shampoo on Saturday, it takes about 20 hours for my hair to get dry. On Sunday, I use a little bit of heat protector and straighten my hair. I’m striving to do this once a week but mostly I wash my hair about two times a week and sometimes I use the straightener two times a week. Besides shampoo and heat protector I don’t use any other hair products, I even never use conditioner, my hair feels so rough when I use it. Should I use conditioner anyway?

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Rati April 9, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Hi Sunaina,

If you ar not oiling your hair prewash, I suggest that you use a good protein conditioner. I am not sure what is available with you there so you need to do a bit of conditioner hunt yourself.

I used to have splitends before but now sice I get my hair trimmed every 2 months, I don’t face this problem anymore.

I generally like to condition my hair with beer or milk once in a while but I do oil my hair pre wash. I apply oilive oil overnight and then wash my hair in the morning. Also, as Anoma suggested massage the oil thoroughly into your hair from root to tip. We generally tend to oil only the roots but forget the tips.

You may also read this : http://makeupandbeauty.com/2010/02/5-awesome-diy-hair-care-tips/

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Sunaina April 10, 2010 at 12:57 am

Thanks Rati! I will oil my hair right now and wash it tomorrow morning. I’m wondering what the result will be. Will pay extra attention to the tips. Thanks again:)

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Rati April 10, 2010 at 1:17 pm

most welcome. :)

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Aditi Aggarwal January 15, 2012 at 11:46 am

Nyc tips…..i had tryd olmst evrythn buh stil hvn veyi short n lgt hair… m hvn mah sis marig nxt mnth cn u temme a home made remedy vich can efct vey soon actly ol d abv remedies need tym….buh i don’t hv dat much tym m hvn nly 15 days…

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Lakshmi Priya February 17, 2013 at 4:44 pm

hi friendzz
I have waist long thick black hair and i maintain it… its very easy actually… take equal amount of coconut oil, castor oil, olive oil, sesame oil and mustard oil. Warm it in a pan or kadai add two almonds to his mixture and apply this to your hair from scalp to your hair tips. Leave it over night and wash it of using shampoo. Girls avoid using dove after you have applied this mixture as it is very mild and it cannot remove oil and may lead to dandruff problems.

Try this gals and you will definitely see changes in your hair and you wont require much conditionning… just dry your hair and brush it thoroughly… you will get a glorious shinning black hair :-)

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prachi July 14, 2014 at 2:50 pm

All ur remedies are quite good and i have tried some they really work
And even i do have a simple and no time consuming remedy for split ends i.e have abt a cup of mausambi juice and just apply it to lower portion of ur hair (to split ends) and leave for abt 1\2 hour and wash with light warm water.
*thankyou*

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Prema mohan July 19, 2014 at 7:49 pm

Applying aloevera before shower works wonder in repairing split ends.

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